Welcome to my Creative Journey Blog

I am a creative fanatic. I can’t stop at just painting and sculpting. I explore all forms of art, be it dance, film, costume, hair styling, photography, as well as finding new ways to express myself in any discipline. I have been called a pan-disciplinarian which I think is an accurate way of describing my creativity.

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Preview of my sketches at Roundhouse Gallery

Plein Air Sketch - Chair in Overgrown Garden

  Chair in Overgrown Garden, 10 x 8

As I’m putting the finishing touches on this exhibition, I’m getting very excited about sharing these never-before-shown sketches and studies with you. To see a preview of some of the images, click here.

Roundhouse Gallery at 481 Berry Point Road.
I’ll be there from 10am – 4pm
August 4, 5, and 6th

There will be treats and surprises, so please stop on by!

 

 

Once upon 10 Thousand Hours

A Visual Journal of my Plein Air Sketches and Oil Studies

       Oil Plein Air Sketch   Plein Air Oil Sketch - Begonias

Hosted by Roundhouse Gallery
481 Berry Point Road
Gabriola BC

August 4, 5 and 6, 2018
10 am – 4 pm

A few days ago I sat on the floor surrounded with hundreds of small oil sketches I’ve done since I started painting 18 years ago. This brought on feelings of nostalgia and memories of my artistic journey.

Thinking back, I’m acutely aware of my prolific endeavour with the intention to ‘get good’ at painting and that I have in fact spent well over 10 thousand hours learning to paint and learning about myself. A journey that is only in the early stages of it’s life…

This visual journal is a reminder of the places, environments and conditions I’ve experienced, the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, and the creative road I’ve travelled. It’s been undeniably difficult at times and it’s also been extremely satisfying as well.

It’s time now to take these little gems out of the treasure chest and find them a new home. I’ve selected some 50 plein air sketches from the last ten years, and given them a fresh coat of varnish.

I hope you will pop around as you may see something special in one or connect with another and take it home where it can be seen, shared and loved as I love it.

I will also be showing a variety of studio paintings and sculptures.

 

Oil painting demo for you!

Inspiration finds us in very interesting ways. Sometimes we make commitments we almost wish we hadn’t agreed to and we must find the nerve, time and energy to follow through with them. Having been on a sculpting binge for the last three years, painting seldom found space in my creative world and began fading into the depths of ‘Once Upon a Time’.

Here is a video of the first of three paintings I made for Stretched The Art Show that occurred on February 23 – 25. I had no idea what I was going to paint and wanting to stay warm and dry versus working outside en Plein Air or wanting to work with models that were still and quiet, I naturally gravitated to stuffed toys. Why NOT???? And thus began my new series.

I have since made 15 ‘Stuffed Toys’ paintings with many more to follow. And they aren’t all cute and sweet…

I’ll keep you posted. In the meanwhile enjoy my video!

PS (This piece was not in the Stretched Art Show as it sold before it ever made it there, and I am so grateful to have sold the other two as well!)

 

Art Making Process

This video was created using iMovie and an Olympus Tough mounted on a tripod. I edited 8 hours of filming into a 2 minute film. The editing took me about 6-7 hours as I had never used any kind of video making software. Overall, I am quite happy with the result.

If you have any questions about the process, please leave a comment.